BARCELONA, November 23 (Primera Liga) - Cyril Domoraud was Espanyol's hero and Alberto Lopo their villain as the home team's 10 men secured victory over the 11 of Sevilla in the last minute of a bruising match.
Domoraud headed the winner in the final minute to give the troubled team from Barcelona their first home victory of the season at the sixth attempt.
The prospects of such a result looked to have been ruined when Lopo was sent off after 65 minutes for a couple of bookable offences, but Espanyol showed resolve untypical of their season so far and pinched the three points at the death.
The victory lifted Espanyol off the bottom of the league, and they were waiting for news of Murcia, the team who sunk to the foot, as they took on Valencia in Sunday's late match.
For new coach Luis Fernandez, axed by Paris St Germain last season but brought in as Espanyol's potential saviour, it was the perfect way to mark his first home match in charge.
Fernandez had taken the opportunity to research different formations during the week off for internationals and made changes.
The principle alterations saw Toni Soldevilla return to the centre of defence after two-months out with injury, while Domoraud filled in at right-back.
Brazilian Fredson was given his first start of the season in midfield while Maxi Rodriguez was moved from midfield to attack.
Sevilla started slowly with several players unavailable through injury and suspension. The key absentee was striker Dario Silva up front.
But they still had the silky skills of Jose Antonio Reyes who has the ability to unlock the best of defences. He clipped the ball through for Antonico after 10 minutes but the striker was just offside.
While Espanyol were enjoying most of the possession, Sevilla were unlucky not to take the lead midway through the first half.
Full-back Maronan saw a cross clawed away by goalkeeper Toni Jimenez only to Javi Navarro at the far post, but his header hit the top of the crossbar.
Espanyol pressed forward more in the run-up to half-time, with Jordi Kruyss playing behind Maxi and enjoying plenty of possession, but they struggled to make any clear-cut openings with Sevilla's robust defence holding firm.
Instead, in a rare foray forward, Sevilla almost scored from a free-kick taken by Francisco Casquero which Toni turned behind for a corner.
Espanyol came out for the second half more fired up than the visitors and began to make more openings, but the players were noticeably short on confidence when in possession in the final third.
Maxi had a shot blocked by Alfaro and then Fredson had a header cleared off the line by Redondo.
Sevilla were always dangerous on the counter-attack, especially through Reyes on the left wing.
And when Lopo shoved the precocious young talent off the ball in such a wide position in the 65th minute, it earned him a booking - his second of the match - which was swiftly followed by the brandishing of a red card.
Despite their man, it was not Sevilla but Espanyol who were pressing forward the more often.
Marginal decisions did not go their way, notably when second-half substitute Raul Tamudo apparently received a nudge as he ran through on goal but nothing was given.
Gaps were also appearing in the home side's rearguard and Antonito was guilty of squandering two chances.
The first he struck just past the post and the next he delayed too long and was dispossessed.
The game appeared to be heading for a draw with the 90 minutes up but there was still time for Domoraud's late show.
Ivan De La Pena lofted a cross into the box and Domoraud's flick header found the net to the delight of the crowd.